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Missouri is no stranger to natural disasters. The state is known for historic earthquakes, devastating tornadoes and massive flooding. Disasters like these cause significant damage to property and life and require extensive recovery time. While disasters cannot be avoided, awareness of their potential impacts can allow communities to plan before, during and even after.

The Missouri Geological Survey partnered with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to create two map series to assist Missourians in their planning and response to a natural disasters. One map series highlights the potential for geologic and natural hazards, while the other helps provides guidance for the management of waste debris following a disaster. Mapping potential geologic hazards and determining preliminary site suitability for disposal of debris provide emergency planners and responders with vital information needed in the response of a disaster.

Geologic Hazards Map Series – This map series depicts areas where natural conditions exist with the potential for liquefaction, landslide and collapse (sinkhole- and mining-related). These maps can aid emergency managers in pre-planning or responding to a natural disaster or as a guide to regional geologic hazard potential. There are nine regional maps, which correlate to the nine SEMA regions, and eighteen 1:24,000-scale maps in the St. Louis area.  

Debris Management Map Series – This series of maps was designed as a tool for preliminary assessment of a geologic region to establish locations for short- and long-term disposal of demolition and reconstruction waste in the event of a major natural disaster. The criteria for developing these maps follow the siting requirements of the Code of State Regulations for Solid Waste Management located in 10 CSR 80-2. The maps also can be used as a generalized guide for locating areas potentially suitable for a solid waste disposal facility. To date, maps are available for the Poplar Bluff, Cape Girardeau and Farmington areas.

For more information about these maps or to purchase a map, contact the Missouri Geological Survey at 573-368-2100.